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The Bath of Psyche  1889

by Frederic Leighton

The story of Psyche comes from a tale by the Roman poet Lucius Apuleius. Psyche was the daughter of a king. Cupid, Venus’s son, fell in love with her, but she angered him, and he left her. Psyche wandered over the earth in search of Cupid until Jupiter took pity on her, made her immortal, and re-united the lovers. Leighton based Psyche’s pose on an ancient statue of Venus ...
1892 x 622 mm
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of Tate Britain